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Certificate
TBC
Cast
Johannes Krisch
Ursula Strauss .
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Götz Spielmann.
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Running Time
122 minutes

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Revanche
Austrian thriller with bite


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Plot
When ex-con Alex (Krisch) hatches a plan to rob a bank and escape to a better life with his girlfriend, he has no notion of the nightmare about to unfold.


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Revanche
Nominated for the 2008 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Götz Spielmann’s Austrian character study is as good a thriller as we’ll see all year. A terrific Johannes Krisch is the hardman for a Viennese brothel who, wishing to whisk his prostitute lover away from the hard life, holds up a bank in the small country town of his grandfather.

With all the fatalism of the best film noir, Spielmann follows the ramifications of Krisch’s actions, letting the character’s emotions dictate the plot rather than the other way round. It’s a meditation on the right to retribution and the cold quality of blame but, best of all, it’s a hypnotic, twisty-turny exercise in suspense — the setting may be idyllic, but doom is never far away.


Verdict
As good a thriller as you'll see this year.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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tp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1173745/]Revanchehe international breakthough film from Götz Spielmann, the Oscar nominated Revanche, is a beautiful and impressive drama. With slow camera work and without a soundtrack he brings us the story of Alex, an ex-con who works in a Vienna brothel and falls in love with the prostitute Tamara. Their hope for a better life together doesn`t work out quite as Alex had hoped... Spielmann`s direction is decisive and consequent: all through the film he only ... More

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